First Assembly of God in Bridge City’s Freedom Celebration Car and Motorcycle show, a free event, will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at 210 Roberts Ave. Features include trophies, cash prizes, inflatable playgrounds, food and soft drinks. For more information, call the church office at 735-4810 or go to www.bcfirstag.com.
There is still available space for 2011 Bridge City High School seniors to place an ad in the fall football program. Three sizes are available: a quarter page for $65, half page for $110 and full page for $185. Contact information is posted on the BCISD Web site, or call Debbie Gregg at 735-1534 and leave name/call back number. All pictures and fees will be due Monday, Aug. 2 in the front office of the high school.
For businesses, prices are a quarter page, $75; half page $125 and full pages are $200. The program will be printed by Central Office Supply, with full color changing covers.
Livestock committee to meet
The Orange County Livestock Show and Fall Festival Committee will meet Tuesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at the Mauriceville Crawfish Festival Grounds. For more information, e-mail Brandy Whisenant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (409) 281-1314.
Free concert at Shangri La
The Orange Community Band will present a free Independence Weekend Concert from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange. Shangri La will be open for normal hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
At 7 p.m., visitors will be allowed free entrance to attend the concert. Free watermelon will be served between 7-7:30 prior to the beginning of the concert.
Attendees are urged to bring their own folding chairs for the show. For more information, call Michael Hoke at 670-9113
‘The Motown Review’ hosted by 21st ACE Program
West Orange – Cove CISD’s 21st Afterschool Centers on Education Summer Program will present “The Motown Review” on Thursday, July 1 in the West Orange –Stark High School Cafeteria.
Kindergarten through twelfth grade students enrolled in ACE’s Summer Sizzle program will present math, reading, social studies and science concepts through music, movement, and art.
The program will be from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the event.
The community is invited to attend.
Lamarissimo! announces season ticket sales
Season tickets and gift certificates for the upcoming 2010-11 season of the Lamarissimo! concert series showcasing the talents of outstanding student and faculty artists in ensemble and solo performances are now on sale in Lamar University’s Department of Music.
The 21st season of Lamarissimo! opens Tuesday, Oct. 5, with the Jazz Bands concert, and continues with Faculty Artists on Thursday, Nov. 4; A Cappella Choir holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 5; Wind Ensemble and Concert Band on Tuesday, March 3; and Cardinal Singers and Lamar Dance Company on Thursday, April 28.
The holiday concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Jefferson Theatre, 345 Fannin St. in downtown Beaumont. All others will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St.
Season tickets, priced at $40 for adults and $20 for students, include admission to all five concerts. Lamarissimo! gift certificates may be used for purchase of adult season tickets.
Individual concert tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for students, will be available before each concert.
For the season ticket order form, visit lamar.edu/music, or call (409) 880-8144.
New Lions installed
Bridge City Lions Club announces officers for the upcoming year of 2010-2011. Incoming president is Lion Winn Leleux, secretary is Lion George C. Johnson Jr., treasurer is Lion Betty Leleux, and membership chairwoman is Lion Betty Mann.
The installation was preformed by Lion L.E. “Stump” Weatherford, past district governor and member of the Orange Lions Club June 21 at K-Dans Super Foods.
Members are being sought for the largest community service club in the world. If interested, contact Lion George at 409-332-0181 or attend one of their meetings held on the first and third Monday of each month at “K-Dans”.
Lions Club motto is “We serve.”
BAL Unique Technique workshop
The Beaumont Art League announces Unique Technique: a watercolor workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, July 17 and 24. “Unique Technique” is a two-week watercolor texture worship for improving your paintings. Experiment with techniques and different surfaces to create unusual effects.
Cost for the class is $75 for non-members and $70 for members.
Supply list: 9×12 block or 140 lb. watercolor paper. (Alice uses Aquarelle Arches block),Your favorite brushes and your favorite tube watercolors.
For more information call 709-833-4179. The Beaumont Art League is located at 2675 Gulf, Beaumont, TX 77703. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday.
LIT registering for Summer II, fall
The Lamar Institute of Technology is registering students for its Summer II and fall 2010 semesters. The Summer II session is set from July 9-Aug. 12.
Current students may register using the Banner system online.
Incoming students must apply and be accepted to LIT before registering for classes.
For more information, students may visit LIT’s Web site, www.lit.edu, call 880-8321 or visit the campus at 855 East Lavaca in Beaumont. The fall semester begins Aug. 23.
Feeding the needy
The Bridge City/Orangefield food program, administered by St. Paul United Methodist Church, helps feed low income and needy families in BC/OF community. Program members seek more families to serve. For those interested, distributions are first Thursdays at the Community Center in Bridge City beginning at 8 a.m. Proof of residency is required and qualification for service will be determined at that time.
Founded by W.A. and Margaret Richter, the program continues with the help of many volunteers and other contributors. St. Paul UMC, 1155 W. Roundbunch Road, accepts donations of aluminum cans which they sell to earn money to buy supplies for the program. Other donations are also accepted.
McLewis VFD fundraiser
Cecil Atkission Motors of Orange, 4103 E. Interstate 10, will host a barbecue cookoff to benefit the McLewis Volunteer Fire Department, Saturday, July 10. Trophies will be awarded in each category. Events include: brisket, chicken, ribs, beans and the “wild card.”
Other sponsors for the event are Walmart, Acadian Companies and the Palms Event Center.
For more information call Justin Lee at 883-2828, ext. 126; or by cellphone at (409) 550-0427.
First Baptist Orangefield will have a community-wide Fourth of July celebration Sunday, July 4, at 8:30 p.m. on the lot on the east side of the church, featuring hot dogs, lemonade and watermelon. Guests should bring lawn chairs for a fireworks show starting at 9.
Little Cypress Baptist Church, 3274 Little Cypress Drive, will host a free movie night by showing “To Save A Life” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 16. Doors open at 6, and snacks and beverages will be provided. The movie is open to everyone 13 years and older. A nursery will be available.
Salvation Army benefit
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Sabine Aerie 2523 will host a Music Jam to benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank in Orange on Saturday, July 17, with music and gumbo free for as long as it lasts. Cakes and pies will be sold by the slice, the bar will be open and a split the pot will be featured.
It’s not to late for VBall Camp
Students going into the seventh and eighth grades in Bridge City still have time to register for volleyball camp. The camp is scheduled 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 16-18 at the high school gymnasium. Focus of the training will be on fundamentals and basic skills, plus competition.
For more information contact the school. applications can be downloaded at: http://bridgecityisd.net/bcisd-campuses/bc-high-school/athletics.html.
Make checks payable to ‘Becca Peveto.
BC to host cross country camp
Registration is now being accepted for the 2010 Bridge City Cardinal Cross Country Camp. Scheduled 5:30-7 p.m., Aug. 2-5 at the Larry Ward Stadium, the camp is for boys and girls incoming grades 4-9.
Deadline for sign-up to receive a shirt is June 30. If you do not want a camp shirt, there is no deadline. You can still sign up on the first day of camp. Cost for students outside of the BC school district with tee-shirt is $50. BCISD students with shirt included is $30. First day of camp sign up is $25, but shirt is not included.
The intended goal of the camp is to instill in students a healthy and active lifestyle through the sport of cross country. There will be clinics held concerning stretching, proper running technique and proper nutrition.
Registration forms can be downloaded at: http://bridgecityisd.net/bcisd-campuses/bc-high-school/athletics.html or contact the athletic department at 735-1542 for more information.
BC Chamber tournament
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf tournament will begin with a shotgun tee-off time at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Sunset Grove Country Club. Cost is $50 per player for a four-man scramble. Mulligans are $5 each, limit two per player. Sponsorships are $250 and $100. Prizes will be awarded to the first-place winners.
For registration forms and sponsorship information, call the chamber at 735-5671.
LC Baptist breakfast
The monthly men’s breakfast at Little Cypress Baptist Church, 3274 Little Cypress Drive, will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 3. Everyone is invited. There is no charge.
BC class of ‘65
Members of the Bridge City High School class of 1965 meet first Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Robert’s Restaurant in Orange. Class members and guests are welcome at the informal gatherings. For more information, call (409) 963-4859 or (409) 735-2918.
IRS grant applications
The Internal Revenue Service is accepting applications for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant programs, which will allow some organizations to apply for annual funding for up to three years.
Applications will be accepted through July 9. Previous grant recipients will have the option to apply for up to three years of annual funding, which would reduce the amount of paperwork they must complete over a three-year period. This annual funding will also help recipients with budget planning.
The 2011 application packages and guidelines will be available on the IRS Web site by June 1. More information about the TCE and VITA grants is available in Publication 4680, TCE and VITA Grant Programs.
The IRS in 2010 awarded 24 TCE grantees $6.1 million and 147 VITA grantees $7.44 million. Through mid May, the two grant programs filed more than 2.1 million returns at almost 9,000 sites nationwide.
The TCE program was established in 1978 to provide tax counseling and return preparation to persons age 60 or older and to give training and technical assistance to the volunteers who provide free federal income tax assistance within elderly communities across the nation.
The VITA Grant program was established in 2007 to supplement the VITA program, which was created in 1969. VITA provides underserved communities with free tax filing assistance. The grant program enables VITA to extend services to underserved populations in hardest-to-reach urban and non-urban areas, to increase the capacity of targeted taxpayers to file returns electronically, to enhance training of volunteers and to improve the accuracy rate of returns prepared at VITA sites.
The spring Farmers’ Market continues Saturday at the MacArthur Shopping Center in the Big Lot’s parking lot off MacArthur Drive in Pinehurst.
Starting at 7 a.m., the market will be open until all vendors have sold their produce. Items include tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, purple hull peas, a variety of peppers, blueberries, jellies, canned vegetables, pickles, homemade salsa, eggs, honey and baked goods.
Produce varies from week to week. There is no charge for vendors. The market will continue each Saturday until the crops are no longer available. The Texas AgriLife Extension Program again sponsors the event.
For more information, call Jean Fregia at 745-4017 or 670-6121 or Jim Frazier at 276-1260.
Circle Drive VBS
Circle Drive Baptist Church of Bridge City will have Vacation Bible School for ages 3 years through sixth grade Sunday through Thursday, July 11-15.
This year’s theme is “The Egyptian File: Decoding the Mystery of Life.” “This VBS program is unique, and has not been done elsewhere in our community,” said church officials in a release. “The children will learn that God made them in His very image—they are special and set apart from the rest of God’s creation, and that our purpose in life is to love and serve Him. Pastor Jack Comer states, “Our members have put a lot of time and effort into make this VBS a huge success. We look forward to the boys and girls of our community having a great time in a safe environment.”
VBS will begin each evening by meeting at the Egyptian Museum. The children will then go to the Dig Site for Bible Time. They will be able to check out the artifacts at the Craft Market, enjoy a snack at the Oasis and be involved in the Sunsational games.
Times are 6-8:30 p.m. Initial registration is Sunday at 5 p.m. where a hamburger supper will be served. For more information, or directions, call 735-4819.
Join Second Baptist Church 6-8:30 p.m., July 11-15, for Veggietales Vacation Bible School. Explore “The pirates who don’t do anything,” through crafts, storytelling, song and more.
For more information, call 735-8156.
In God We Trust
First Presbyterian Church of Orange invites the community to a patriotic worship service, “In God We Trust,” presented in the Lutcher Memorial Sanctuary beginning at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday, July 4. A picnic in the Gillespie Building will follow the worship service.
Community heroes, including the military, law enforcement, firefighters and other emergency personnel will be saluted. Our nation, The United States of America, which was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, will be honored.
First Presbyterian Church is located at 902 W. Green Ave. For additional information, visit the church Web site at www.firstpresorange.com or call the office at 883-2097. The public is invited.